[Taxacom] When electing a neotype, how to define the other gender

Scott Thomson scott.thomson321 at gmail.com
Sat Sep 28 13:53:06 CDT 2013

>From my understanding of all that I would suggest the female you refer to
can be no more than a referred specimen. The neotype is now the type of the
species and an allotype is really just a paratype that is of opposite
gender of the holotype, and yes should be from the originally described
type series. If I was dealing with this I would keep it simple, you have a
neotype, thats the important one, all the rest whatever they are are
referred specimens. That way there can be no confusion, the name goes with
the neotype.

Cheers, Scott

On Sat, Sep 28, 2013 at 2:28 PM, Stuart Longhorn <sjl197 at hotmail.com> wrote:

> I'm just reviewing a study where the original single male type is lost.
> >From other museum material (collected elsewhere later than the original
> male) they elect another male specimen as neotype. Then from an even later
> female specimen (again collected elsewhere), they elect a female as
> paratype.
> First, i think this usage of paratype is wrong, do you agree?Second, I
> think the female could correctly be referred to as allotype - but is that
> correct?Or does an allotype have to be part of the original type series
> (e.g. an actual paratype).
> If the female is neither a paratype or allotype, is there no concise term
> to refer to the first described female?[i accept that often it is insecure
> that the female actually matches the male, though here it is certain]
> Thanks in advance for any advicestuart
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